Queen Nzingha also known as (Ana de Sousa Nzingha Mbande) was a 17th century queen of the Ndongo and Matamba kingdoms of the Mbundu people in southwestern Africa. Born in 1583 and died in 1663 Queen Nzingha was ranked among the great rulers of Africa. When the slave hunting Portuguese attacked the army of her brother’s kingdom, Nzingha was sent to negotiate the peace. She later formed her own army against the Portuguese and waged war for nearly 30 years. Queen Nzingha allied her nation with the Dutch, marking the first AFRICAN-EUROPEAN alliance against a European oppressor. Because of her quest for freedom and relentless drive to bring peace to her people Nzingha remains a glimmering symbol of inspiration.